Tuesday's Scottish Gossip: Scotland v England, Hayes, Dembele, Caixinha

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Scotland defender Christophe Berra has turned up the heat on England ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier at Hampden. Berra insists the pressure is on England, with Gareth Southgate's players facing "ridicule" from the media, should they lose.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes says he his flattered to be linked with a move to Premiership rivals Celtic, adding: "Whatever happens over the summer happens". (Various)

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele should remain in the Premiership for a further two years before moving to another club, according to former Celtic defender Tom Boyd. AC Milan are the latest club to be linked with the French striker. (Scottish Sun)

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele
AC Milan are the latest club to be linked with Celtic striker Moussa Dembele

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha is already cracking the whip at Ibrox ahead of the new Premiership campaign. The Portuguese coach had his players back for pre-season training at 07:00 BST - after just a 15-day summer holiday. (Scottish Sun)

England boss Gareth Southgate is confident his players are ready for a World Cup qualifying battle against Scotland at Hampden - after taking his players to an army boot camp as part of their preparation. (Various)

Celtic will receive £6m, because of a 10% sell-on clause, should the club's former defender Virgil van Dijk seal a £60m move to Liverpool from Southampton. (Various)

AC Milan are seeking a second meeting with Celtic striker Moussa Dembele's representatives as they weigh up a move for the £20m-rated striker.

Full story: Daily Record

England striker Harry Kane believes cool heads will be crucial in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Hampden. "It's a massive game," says the Spurs marksman. "Of course it's going to be a passionate game but it's about being calm and composed and sticking to a game plan." (Various)

Scotland midfielder James Morrison believes the national side can beat England and atone for the defeat at Wembley earlier in the campaign. "Obviously no-one is interested in hard-luck stories, least of all the players or the management," he says. (Daily Record)

James Morrison (right) in action against England's Adam Lallana at Wembley
James Morrison is aiming to atone for Scotland's defeat at Wembley

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright says teenager Kyle McClean, signed on a one-year deal following his release by Nottingham Forest, will go straight into the first-team at McDiarmid Park. "I have very high hopes for him," Wright says of the midfielder. (Daily Record)

Ross County boss Jim McIntyre is delighted with the goalscoring form of star striker Liam Boyce - who scored his first goal for Northern Ireland in the 1-0 victory over New Zealand - even if it intensifies transfer interest in the forward. "I'm just pleased for Liam," says McIntyre. "It is no surprise to me - he has got better and better as the season has gone on." (Daily Record)

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney will wear a gumshield when on World Cup qualification duty for Scotland. The 20-year-old sustained a facial injury during his side's Scottish Cup final victory against Aberdeen. (The National)

Lee McCulloch is confident he can rebuild Kilmarnock after being appointed manager at Rugby Park. "We've got the youngest team in Britain so we need to try to bring in a little bit more experience," he says. (The Herald)

Scotland's defence will struggle to cope with England's firepower at Hampden this weekend, according to former Scotland defender Richard Gough. "They are better than us," he says. "We just have to hope we catch them on a bad day." (Various)

England midfielder Dele Alli could go on to become one of football's greatest players, according to former Hibs and Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson. However, Thomson is confident former team-mate Scott Brown can knock Alli off his game at Hampden. (Various)

Mexico striker Eduardo Herrera is expected to finalise his move to Rangers from Pumas by the end of the week. Herrera, like fellow new Ibrox man Carlos Pena, will need to satisfy a three-man tribunal panel to obtain a work permit.

Full story: Daily Record

OTHER GOSSIP

Jamie Murray has hinted he could split from doubles partner Bruno Soares after their French Open exit at the quarter-final stage. (Various)

Jamie Murray with doubles partner Bruno Soares
Jamie Murray (left) hinted at splitting with doubles partner Bruno Soares

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